Lily and Winston by Mia Nguyen
Nguyen is romantic in a Borders parking lot. There is no better place to
express one’s feelings than a parking lot. Everyone in a parking lot rushes by.
Yet the young couple stays. Soon they will have to go, away from each other,
away from the shopping carts. Until that time they remain happy to be together.
Borders declared bankruptcy in 2012, two years after this poem was written and
the parking lot is no longer romantic. People go to the abandoned parking lot
for other things now, generally less romantic and endearing. Nguyen’s happiness
in the parking lot did not cause Borders to go bankrupt. What did cause the
bankruptcy was Borders’ ineffectual business plan.
networking is the new friendship. Nguyen rues this fact. Poor people use social
networking as a way to escape the here and now for the then and there. Things
always seem to be better elsewhere. With the help of the internet and phone
this becomes ever clearer. Bad parties can be dealt with thanks to a phone.
Phones are the saviors of boredom. However Nguyen is accurate in a sense.
Devices and media can distract people from the present. Though the present can
be boring, bad, or generally uninteresting good things come from this
disaffection. Some of the best moments of life happen after so much boredom.
is described as a ‘pretty boy’. Clearly Mia Nguyen is trying to hit on whoever
reads her poetry. Is this a bad thing? Since poetry in general is all about
love it doesn’t hurt to flatter the reader. Indeed while not ever reader might
be a ‘pretty boy’ they can experience the rush of having a writer speak sweet
nothings to them. MGMT may not be everybody’s first choice in music, but maybe
it is time for a little change.
split apart sometimes. It isn’t anybody’s fault. One day everybody’s grooving
in college listening to the latest jams, the next they have a job. Upon
re-listening to those jams, Strawberry jams, etc. it brings back a sense of
familiarity like ‘Remember doing that? That was fun. Work in half an hour.’
That’s life. Life eats people up. And it is okay. This is part of the
progression towards something closely approximating ‘responsibility’ or
‘adulthood’. Either way it is good.
and Winston’ uses a simple directness that’s really effective. Descriptions are
kept to an absolute minimum. Oftentimes this leads to something prettier like
the end of ‘Underground Tunnels’ which ends with the simple statements of: